Administrators have been appointed to the 10MW Dounreay Tri floating offshore wind demonstration project in northern Scotland. Swedish foundation designer Hexicon is among a group of shareholders backing the project. Hexicon blamed the administration of project company Dounreay Tri Ltd on a lack of funding. “The project needs further capital to be completed,” it said last week in a story published exclusively in subscriber-only newsletter reNEWS. Work has been suspended and funding is being sought by the administrators from accountancy firm French Duncan “to complete construction in an orderly manner”, Hexicon added.
ReNews 25th July 2017 read more »
Wind turbines are impressive structures, towering higher than some of the world’s tallest buildings. When installed offshore, the extent of the construction beneath the surface is just as impressive (and costly). But now, the world’s first floating wind farm has begun to produce power in Scotland. If the technology becomes cheaper, which developer Statoil says is only a matter of time, it will open up parts of the ocean previously considered too deep for stationary turbines. Statoil developed some nifty software that twists the blades of the floating turbine in response to the motions of the wind, waves, and ocean currents. These dynamic blades, along with ballast at the base of the structure, keep the 175-meter tall, 10,000-metric ton turbines (574 feet, 11,000 short tons) upright. The floating structures can operate in water as deep as 1,000 meters.
Quartz 24th July 2017 read more »